Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Lanterns at the supporting venue of the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin County were officially lit up Tuesday, marking the official opening of the festivities in Beigang Township.
The Beigang venue is located around Zhongshan Street, which is one of the oldest streets in the township.
This year's festival, which will run through Feb. 19, is organized around the themes of "friendly earth, diverse cultures" and "lantern festival hometown," the organizers said, adding that the lantern hometown specifically singles out Beigang, which as far back as 1965 was the first township to host the Taiwan Lantern Festival.
The venue is host to a variety of traditional and contemporary lanterns providing an intriguing mixture of artistry and technology, the organizers said.
Besides the lanterns, there will also be a total of 42 group performances to entertain visitors.
According to the organizers, the festival will be held Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.
This year's main festival, however, will be held in Huwei Township Feb. 11-19.
Shuttle buses will be available for visitors traveling between the two lantern areas. The organizers said 4,700 car parking spaces and 1,900 scooter spots have been set up around the Beigang venue.
(By Yeh Tzu-kang and Ko Lin)